*All Essay Components (excepting EC 1) require correct APA referencing. Essay component 1: Preliminary thoughts on controversial issue (~300 words). Show your preliminary thoughts on your topic using TWO of the prewriting strategies discussed in class (i.e. freewriting, questioning, mind mapping, lists, diagramming) -bring two hard copies to class on Sept 13 Essay component 2: Working annotated bibliography (minimum 4 references). Find 4 scholarly references related to your topic. For each of the 4 sources you must (~250 words per source): -provide the full citation in correct APA format (see your text and additional resources for support) -summarize the source (may include some or all of the following: claim, results, argument structure, methodology) -note how the source is related to your other sources (i.e., make links among your sources) -evaluate the source’s credibility and value based on source type (primary article, theory paper, meta analysis, review paper) -state how the source will be useful for your essay -bring two hard copies to class on Sept 20 Essay component 3: Context & definitions of key concepts (~500 words context PLUS 3-5 key definitions) -preliminary description of context AND key definitions -for context, try to place your issue within a context (historical and otherwise). Why is it important? Why have people thought about it? Consider: o This is an important issue to consider today because… o People first began to talk about this issue in… because … o This issue seems to hinge on how people think about … o Over time, society’s approach to this issue has changed in the following ways… for the following reasons… -for key definitions: briefly define 3-5 of the most important and/or technical concepts regarding your topic you have encountered so far. Definitions must be in your own words. If necessary, explain how you will be using the term. -bring two hard copies to class on Sept 27 Essay component 4: Preliminary claim and alternate versions (~250 words) -clearly state your controversial issue AND the position you will be arguing regarding your issue (your claim) o In this essay, I will address the following controversial issue… o Although there are a number of possible points of view regarding this issue, in this essay I will argue that… (i.e., give your position on the issue) -Give one example of each of these alternate versions of your claim: o A version of your claim that is too broad o A version of your claim that is too narrow o A version of your claim that is not singular (i.e., making more than one claim)Essay component 5: Supporting your claim (~500 words) -briefly state your controversial issue and claim -provide 2 lines of support for your claim, explaining clearly how each supports your claim, and providing scholarly evidence for each o The reasons and supports for my claim are as follows… o The following argument demonstrates why my claim is correct… Essay component 6: Preliminary counterclaims. Include arguments in favour of and opposing each counterclaim for 2 counterclaim (~1000 words) -briefly restate your controversial issue and your position on it -Provide 2 counterclaims (with arguments and evidence to support each) -Provide a rebuttal to each counterclaim • The following argument and evidence support Counterclaim 1…However, the following argument and evidence rebut Counterclaim 1 and ultimately make Counterclaim 1 less compelling than my claim… • The following argument and evidence support Counterclaim 2…However, the following argument and evidence rebut Counterclaim 2 and ultimately make Counterclaim 2 less compelling than my claim… Essay component 7: Preliminary conclusion of your essay (~500 words) -Your conclusion should guide the reader out of the essay. This is where you restate your claim and then put your claim into a larger context. Convince the reader that your claim has value and importance. Why does the claim you have come to matter? What are the new possibilities now that your claim has been established? Acknowledge limits to your argument without under-cutting yourself. Include implications of your argument. -bring two hard copies to class on Nov 1 Essay component 8: First full draft of your essay -bring two hard copies to class on Nov 8 Essay component 9: Second full draft of your essay -bring two hard copies to class on Nov15
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